The GeeksverseJustice League Dark #2

Justice League Dark #2
Published on Friday, October 28, 2011 by

Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Peter Milligan
Art by: Mikel Janin
Colored by: Ulises Arreola
Lettered by: Rob Leigh
Cover Art: Ryan Sook
Editor: Rex Ogle

Who’s side is Madame Xanadu on? Between her actions in Demon Knights and the end of this issue, are we sure she’s a good guy?

This book still feels like alot of different pieces thrown onto the ground and the writer is hoping they’ll all end up meshing together. June Moon is the element that links the three pieces in this issue together but each piece doesn’t connect to the other. It’s an interesting way to tell a story but does follow a standard team book cliche in it’s way. The standard cliche is to show the different future team members all coming to the same goal from different directions and deciding to work together. That’s basically what is going on here, but it’s more longform then the standard.

And that makes it work better.

Even though they aren’t directly connected yet, Milligan does a great job with the different threads that we can see where they will lead and why they are the way they are. It seems the Enchantress needs June Moon more then we had always thought. It’s an interesting angle to take with the character and having two sides of essentially the same character allows Milligan to lay out more threads to bring the pieces together.

Dark definately fits the tone of the book. This is not about friendly magic. This is down and dirty magic. Constantine needs to get hurt, to bleed, to make his magic stronger. And I like how Milligan isn’t shying away from showing the characters interacting with the dark side more. I also like how he’s touching upon how dealing with magic affects your life in many ways. The first issue showed Shade creating a girl to spend time with. This issue shows how Deadman approaches the problem of being intimate with his girlfriend. He has to possess people to have a physical body and that means only those people can touch Dove, his girlfriend.

Deadman’s not that smart though as he goes about it in the wrong way. Twice.

It doesn’t feel strange to have Dove in this book. In a way she and Hawk are powered by magic.

The script has a scattered feel to it, which works for this book. This is a book about the dark side of magic, and Xanadu’s narration fits that tone.

Janin’s art is excellant. His character work is solid and he’s got a good grasp of storytelling. His magical effects are nice and varied as well. He spends time making them different for each character as well as appearing as more then just energy blasts.

Justice League Dark #2 receives
4 out of 5

The second issue is alot stronger then the first and if the rest of the series is like this, it’ll be a book I end up enjoying.

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